What It Comes Down To

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen

I’ve been doubted my whole life. I’m not backing down, though.

by Shane Hanchey

Man, 2018 has been a great year. Since I joined the PRCA in 2009, this was the only time I finished the regular season in first place. But in this game, you’re not remembered for how you finish in the regular season. It all comes down to these ten days in Vegas.

This is the World Series of rodeo. Look, I know I have a target on my back, and I know I’m probably not most people’s pick to win the world title, just like I wasn’t back in 2013. I don’t really care what they think, though. I’ve been doubted my whole life. I’m pretty sure where I grew up, I wasn’t suppose to be who I am. Crocker Street that turns into Granger Drive is rough, just believe that when I say it. I ain’t backing down. I haven’t backed down all year.

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Honestly, my last four NFRs have been below my standard. The saying is so true: After you win your first Gold Buckle, it makes you hungrier for the second one.

The last few years I’ve been in between horses, but not this year. This is my third year riding Bam, and he has really come into his own. He’s made it easy to transition from Reata to him. They resemble each other so much, whether it’s around the barn or in the box. It’s scary.

Reata made me who I am, and Bam is keeping me there. I hope after these ten days I can say I defended the number-one spot and fended off the fourteen best ropers in the world.

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